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    Modern Language Teachers Association of Queensland (MLTAQ) Award Winner!

    Our very own Mrs Lydia Shioya has recently returned from the MLTAQ 60th Anniversary Dinner. where she was the recipient of the Modern Language Teachers Association of Queensland (MLTAQ) Award. 

    This prestigious award acknowledges the work of teachers who have made an outstanding contribution to languages education. The Modern Language Teachers Association of Queensland Inc (MLTAQ) is the peak professional body representing teachers of Languages throughout the state. We are very blessed to have her gifts and talents expressed through her services and ministry at our College and we sincerely congratulate her on this significant achievement.

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    My Life Rulz
    My Life Rulz Program at Freshwater Christian College

    At the College, we have endorsed the My Life Rulz program written by Joan Koskela and David Riddell to build emotional resilience in our students. Our goal as a College by teaching the My Life Rulz program is this:

    Goal: To provide Christian Worldview education to upskill, and lay down truth in our students to build their emotional resilience, mental and emotional health as well as positive relationships with God, Parents, Teachers and Peers, and knowing their Identity in Christ.

    The program has 10 rules which are taught from Prep to Year 12. Term 1 of this year we focused on Rules 1-3 and here is a brief description of each rule that has been taught.

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    restorative justice
    The principle of Restorative Justice

    When I am asked what pastoral care is all about, my answer is usually something along the lines of – “looking after the social, emotional and spiritual needs of the people who I am responsible for”. This answer is often followed by another question, “how do you do that”?

    The answer to how we do pastoral care is not a simple one. We use too many techniques, approaches and principles for me to outline what we do in this article, but I would like to take the opportunity to share one principle that we do use today.

    The principle of Restorative Justice

    The principle of Restorative Justice attempts to repair the ill effects of bad experiences that people have in … Read the rest

    Setting the academic bar high for Cairns

    As a College we were thrilled to announce that we had our best overall QCE results ever, with two OP1’s, and an OP 2’s and twenty-five percent of our OP Eligible students received an OP 1 to 5.

    These results follow on from the results in 2017 in which Freshwater Christian College also received two OP 1’s and two OP 2’s with more than 50% of eligible students receiving an OP of between 1 – 10.

    These are truly phenomenal results and underline the College’s commitment to academic success for all students.

    We take this opportunity to thank last year’s Year 12 students, their parents and the teaching/non-teaching staff who supported and went the ‘extra miles’ to ensure that … Read the rest

    Planning for the Future

    Continuous improvement was a familiar phrase in my former career as an engineer, the concept continues to be a basic given in the world of design and manufacture.  We are reminded that God is the originator of renewal and growth; for it is through an ongoing process of continual development that we are able to mature and develop into the people of character, wisdom and skill who God purposed and created us to be, this is reflected in 2 Corinthians 3:18:

    ‘…where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory…’

    If our school is to continue to provide the … Read the rest

    Be Our Guest: Musical set to wow!

    The heart-warming production of “Beauty and the Beast” is very unique, standing apart from all other Disney hits. The storyline teaches us to love with our hearts rather than our eyes as Belle falls in love with Beast because of who he is on the inside. This love breaks the spell and transforms the Beast into a handsome prince (teaching us not to judge people by their size, race or hair colour).

     

    The storyline breaks down a stereotypical “Prince saves the girl” theme, making Belle the heroine and demonstrating that girls can also be strong, fearless and different from others just like Belle. This upcoming musical production will enchant and enthral all viewers telling the compelling story using drama, … Read the rest

    Drought Relief Support

    With the ongoing drought throughout Australia, our farmers are doing it tough. Freshwater Church has started Freshwater Care which will be taking donated goods to support the families of our farmers. We as a College are doing our bit in support as well.

    Our Secondary teacher, Mr Woolfield, has offered to have his beard shaved off if we raise over $2000, and while it is a fine beard indeed, it’s time for it to go! Who knows what Mr Woolfield might look like under that beard? All families in the College can donate money to support our farmers (and see the beard go!) via either the Primary Office, Secondary Office or Form Class teachers. We will also be having a … Read the rest

    Our Music Department is alive!

    What’s happening in our Music Department at Freshwater!

    Senior Music Excursion to CQU

    Students in Year 12 Music visited Central Queensland University to workshop in a professional recording studio, which has been newly constructed. Students gained skills in recording and sound production, using state of the art equipment.

     

    Excursion to St. Mary’s musical “Cinderella”

    Year 10 to 12 music and drama students had the privilege of attending a quality musical performance put on by St. Mary’s College. It was inspiring as our own students will be putting on “Beauty and the Beast” musical in October!

    Secondary Music Evening

     Secondary Music Night was a huge success with students showcasing their skills and providing an evening of wonderful music. Our school … Read the rest

    Start with ‘why’

    Do you know what your ‘why’ is?

    In 2007, Pastor Mark Hands told me a story about a trip he’d had to Disneyland. On this trip, he had noticed that all the employees were smiling and helpful, and seemed quite purposeful. He eventually asked why this was so. The ride attendant replied with a single statement: “My purpose is to ensure you have the best day of your life.” It turns out that this was Disneyland’s overarching purpose statement. By having a purpose statement, it provided a singular focus off which every decision and action could be hung. If what they were doing wasn’t working towards creating the best day of the visitors’ lives, then it needed to change. Ps … Read the rest

    Athletics Carnival a great success

    The 2018 Inter-house Athletics Carnival saw an array of talent on display with students from Years Three to Twelve taking to the track to test their abilities in a day of great competition and fun.

    The day started with each house giving their best war cries to charge the athletes out to the first events. There was some fantastic house spirit shown by the students, with the Crocs, Barras and Sharks in full colour and costume with some very interesting outfits being displayed inline with this years ‘retro’ theme.  On the track, there were some impressive times recorded with some of the newest Freshwater students displaying some excellent form.

    When all of the individual events were decided, students teamed up … Read the rest